When you hear the term “self-care:, what do you think of? Most of us picture a bronzed up, clear-skinned YouTuber with cucumber on her eyes as she dries her freshly-painted nails. That does sound nice, but is it really self-care? Our answer: it can be. But we think it mostly serves as a distraction from what it really means to look after ourselves.
This is what Catherine Labiran has to say about it in her article Self-Care After the Incense Burns out: Giving Myself Back to Me:
Lately I have been preoccupied with exploring and dismantling my old definition of self-care and building a new one that is tailored to my own experience. This exploration was, in part, sparked by a dissatisfaction with the typical framing of self-care as being synonymous with pampering. I also grew tired of conversations about self-care being solely linked to some form of meditation.
We couldn’t agree more! So because we feel that self-care goes beyond what we see in cute Pinterest photos, we’ve compiled a list of resources on the topic that we think you’ll find really inspiring. Check them out below!
Self-Care as Restoring and Healing Energy
The adage “you can’t poor from an empty cup” couldn’t be more true. Sometimes we simply need to pause amidst the flurry of our daily lives in order to refill.
Self-Care for Emotional and Physical Well Being
What is self-care if not making sure we take care of ourselves in day-to-day, practical ways.
Self-Care to Fortify Resilience
One of the most common ways we end up burned out or physically sick is because we neglect taking care of ourselves now. We have to understand that long-term success is dependent on implementing short-term goals that include paying attention to—and meeting the needs of—our minds, hearts, and bodies on a regular basis.